Back to Work

by 5by5

Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.


Latest Episodes

405: Can You Feed Coke to Rocks?

Discussed: the harsh mistress of holidays, Hanukah presents, Cash's cool gift, the joys of good UX, some excellent very good recommendations, an exciting Science experiment involving hamburgers, kids are terrible at writing things down, things that changed Merlin's game, and some excellent follow-up on how we recognize number patterns. Happy Holidays, you jackals.

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Posted on 18 December 2018 | 7:30 pm

404: Very Advanced Camping

Discussed: Merlin worries that Dan is getting ground down; web sites are getting very thirsty; Dan thinks it's like pads in football; Dan has updates and more thoughts about doing development work on an iPad; Merlin thinks we should talk more about which devices we choose for doing which things; the boys also have some recommendations.

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Posted on 11 December 2018 | 9:00 pm

403: It's Just a Salad

Discussed: Why Tuesday is the optimistic day; pourover coffee for Dan's wife; confirm shaming; updates on iPad keyboards and covers; approximately annual history of "Bawk Bawk!"; some thoughts on Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart; kids and learning Programming; the things that are difficult to teach anyone.

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Posted on 4 December 2018 | 6:30 pm

402: Watches & Barbecue

Discussed: Thanksgiving; spatchcock chicken; kids and their stupid eating; Dan's concern about how we talk to each other; Merlin encourages people to try not to be terrible. Also, some odds and sods on iPad Pro updates, and thanks to our nice listeners.

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Posted on 27 November 2018 | 8:15 pm

401: Carrier Fluid

Discussed this week: Dan's MOSH setup on iPad; Dan's new NEW iPad; ease of setup on iOS; some iOS photo editing app recommendations; two things Merlin learned this week; and a little rant about how everybody apparently already knows everything.

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Posted on 20 November 2018 | 11:00 pm

400: In The Penal Colony

Dan and Merlin talk about their first week using the new iPad Pro.

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Posted on 12 November 2018 | 10:00 pm

399: Blue Whale Salt

Discussed this week: coffee water, voting, inertia, new iPads on the way, difficult buying decisions, returning merchandise (as a thing), some TV suggestions, Dan's new ODROID, 80s video game nostalgia, asking for your iPad-at-work input, plus seeking suggestions for apps for new joggers.

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Posted on 6 November 2018 | 9:45 pm

398: So Much Unnecessary Beauty

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about Apple's Fall event in Brooklyn today. They liked the event.

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Posted on 30 October 2018 | 7:45 pm

397: My Manager is Water

Discussed: nailing it, the optimistic valence of Tuesdays, difficulties finding replacement parts on Amazon, headphone preferences, Alexa's service outage and new whisper mode, Austin's big water crisis and what it says about epistemology, reason, and society, plus 20 years of The Big Lebowski.

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Posted on 23 October 2018 | 5:45 pm